Hawaii's majesty would set it apart from all other states, even if the Pacific hadn't already done the job. Stunning landscapes, rich underwater worlds, and a noble history—this is one tropical paradise with serious depth.
Why Go: Vitamin D deficiencies melt away under the Hawaiian sun, all without the hassle of a passport. You won't need to convert currency to take surf lessons, explore active volcanoes, or go whale watching. Really, the only difficulty is choosing which island to visit: Do you prefer the pristine beauty of Kauai, the modern luxury of Oahu, the award-winning beaches of Maui, or the natural wonders of the Big Island? Willing to get farther off the beaten path? Then Molokai or Lanai might be worth a visit.
Getting There and Finding Deals: Hawaii is a daily destination for many U.S. carriers, including Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, United, and US Airways. For January stays, Pleasant Holidays is offering a free Hertz convertible, SUV, Jeep, or minivan rental with five-night vacation packages booked by November 25. Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa is offering five nights' accommodations for the price of three nights on bookings made by November 10 for stays through December 22.